Little Fish: A Memoirby Ramsey Beyer
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Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the unease—as well as excitement—that comes along with that challenge.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
* YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound * IPPY Independent Voice Award Winner
• Texas Library Association (TLA) Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List
• CCBC Choices
• YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee
• CBC Teen Choice Book of the Year Award Nominee
• Cybils Children's & Young Adult Blogger Awards Nominee
• IndieFab Award Finalist
"Beyer’s debut captures her introspection with earnest, appealing black-and-white panels. . .Wary college-bound students will find comfort in this sincere and endearing look at freshman year." - Booklist
"An autobiographical graphic pastiche recounts the author's experience of leaving her rural hometown and going to art school in a new city. . .her story is easy to relate to and recommended..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Refreshing and unusual . . . . [Little Fish is] about the joys of being in a new place as a college freshman. It's about new starts, simple pleasures, rapid friendships created by being in a similar set of circumstances and the mix of stress and exhilaration that a challenging environment creates."@- Rob Clough, High-Low Comics@
"I think it should be everyone's back-to-school read . . . Meeting new friends, falling for someone for the first time, questioning your artistic and life-plan choices, beginning to understand the world outside of your personal bubble-it's all here, in compulsively readable form. I laughed, I nodded along when I recognized my own experiences, and, most of all, I wished I could send it back in time to high school me. I would have felt so much more prepared to conquer freshman year If I'd read this book." - Stephanie Kuehnert, Rookie
"Beyer's autobiographical coming-of-age story is a wonderful mix of comics, lists, collages, journal entries and more. Utterly charming!" - Atomic Books
"This sweet, charmingly simple graphic novel will resonate with many young adults preparing to go off to school, and maybe even more strongly with those who have left their college years behind" - ForeWord Reviews
Gr 9 Up—Beyer left her family and friends in the small Michigan town of Paw Paw for art school in Baltimore at age 18. A self-described quiet, quirky girl with spectacles who perennially styled her hair in two long plaits, she longed for college life in a large metropolitan city. The author shares the ups and downs of her freshman year: homesickness, making new friends, the added pressure of academic expectations, and weighing a decision to change majors. A large portion of her story involves her relationships with a group of friends and a budding romance with fellow student Daniel. Beyer was a compulsive list maker and a large portion of her story is told through a series of chronologically arranged lists and reflective observations, both handwritten and typewritten (on a traditional typewriter). Her written entries are the main storytelling vehicle, supplemented with black-and-white line drawings in graphic-novel-style panels. The art serves to illustrate the pages of text more than to move the story forward. Readers leaving home for the first time will relate to the author as she shares her ambivalent feelings in comparing home and childhood friends versus college life and a newfound circle of friends.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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- 12 Years
Meet the Author
Ramsey Beyer is a comic artist and illustrator living in Philadelphia, PA. She self-published her autobiographical graphic novel, Year One, accounting for her first year in Philadelphia. Beyer has had illustrated and written work published in several books, including Fanzines by Teal Triggs, Make A Zine!, and Don't Leave Your Friends Behind. Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year is her first traditionally published book. Known for her pet portraits, she is also the illustrator of Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Campbell.
Ramsey Beyer is a comic artist and freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia. She is the author and illustrator of two autobiographical graphic novels, Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year (Zest, 2013), and Year One (2012). Beyer has also been published in several books, including Fanzines by Teal Triggs, Make a Zine!, and Don't Leave Your Friends Behind.
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I thought this book was so much fun to read. I laughed my way through most of it.
Little Fish is a graphic novel / memoir about the author's first year in art school, covering her transition from a small Michigan high school to a big East Coast city art college. Ms. Beyer tells her story through a blend of journal entries and lists that she created at the time with recent comic-style artwork and collages. We discover that she's a DIY indie/punk sort of student, who is also very thoughtful and conscientious. Ramsey's insight into finding herself academically, as well as finding friendships and discovering a sweet romantic interest is very refreshing in its sincerity and innocence. If you seek a memoir about college life that isn't all about sarcasm, partying and bad behavior, this is your book. For ages 12+.